It ranks up there at the top of my “C’mon Hot Wheels!” list. That is the list of no-brainers we should have seen from Hot Wheels by now. There are quite a few items on that list, but at the top is why haven’t we seen a stock, or “stock-ish” Dodge A100?
The ’66 Dodge A100 Van is a tremendous casting. One of Hot Wheels’ best. Wonderfully executed with a ton of style. And crazy popular with collectors. It is one of those event castings, meaning it is significant when one is released. And there have been a lot of them.
The frustrating part though is that those releases have almost always been in Pop Culture. That means premium releases, but releases more about the theme of the assortment than the look of the car. More specifically, no versions that I might see on the road. More realism and less Muppets is my desire.
And Car Culture provides that opportunity. A “Van” or “Delivery” assortment would be most welcome, especially if the A100 is in it. And a plain look or simple delivery deco would be so nice. It would be an instant fave.
But it isn’t all bad. There have been some really nice releases of the A100, just not enough. And of all the releases, the first three continue to be the best. The A100 debuted in the Hot Wheels Delivery line, first in two “Union 76” liveries, and then later as part of a special Walmart set in “Dubble Bubble” deco.
And that Dubble Bubble A100 remains the grail A100. A little harder to get because it was part of a set, but easily the best-looking. Simple, retro deco with chrome steelies and redline tires. It’s a beauty.
Maybe one day a Car Culture or other premium model will top it, and I hope Hot Wheels at least tries. For now this is the pride of the Hot Wheels A100 collection.